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Olympus µ TOUGH-8010

alaTest has collected and analyzed 655 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the low light performance and screen are overall positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, but there are some less positive opinions about the reliability and viewfinder. There are some mixed reviews about the flash and responsiveness.

usability, portability, image quality, screen, low-light

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus µ TOUGH-8010 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 (Silver)


The Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 is one of the most durable pocket cameras you're going to find. Its metal body and shock-absorbing system can survive drops of up to 6.6 feet and it's crushproof up to a weight of 220 pounds. On top of those things it is...

Extremely rugged for a compact; very good feature set; full, built-in user manual; 1.6GB of internal memory for photos, video.

Frustratingly slow performance; soft photos; pricey.

The Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 is rugged on the outside, but average on the inside.

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Olympus Stylus Tough-8010


The 14-megapixel Olympus Stylus Tough-8010 ($399.99 list) is a follow-up to last year's Stylus Tough-8000 ($379.99, )—it looks nearly identical, and both models offer some serious ruggedized protection. The extra $20 for the Tough-8010 buys you much...

Good image quality with low noise. Water-, freeze-, drop-, and crush-proof. Tap-enabled interface. Lens is protected by a retracting shield. 2GB of internal storage. In-camera manual and guide

Pricey. Images are soft towards the outer areas of the frame. Noticeable shutter lag. Long delays between shots. LCD shows motion blur

With its tap-enabled interface, the Olympus Stylus Tough-8010 is a good fit for those who want a top-of-the-line rugged build, HD video capture, and a camera that's easy to operate while using gloves.

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Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 Review


The new Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 is still the perfect camera for the adventurous person. Featuring a 14-Megapixel imaging sensor, 5x optical zoom lens and 720p HD video capture, it has all of the features of a top digicam with but with the versatility...

iAuto shooting mode ; Great Overall Image Quality ; Dedicated Video Capture Button ; Versatile 5x optical zoom lens ; Tough" construction ; New simple menus ; Bright 2.7-inch HyperCrystal III LCD with anti-glare coating ; Huge internal memory ;...

Slow Camera Performance ; Noise in dark areas of image ; Weak Built-In flash ; Slow Face Detection ; Bottom Line ; The new Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 is still the perfect camera for the adventurous person. Featuring a 14-Megapixel imaging sensor, 5x...

The new Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 is still the perfect camera for the adventurous person. Featuring a 14-Megapixel imaging sensor, 5x optical zoom lens and 720p HD video capture, it has all of the features of a top digicam with but with the versatility...


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Olympus' New Tough Cam Saves Face, Breaks Falls


Run it over, drop it from great heights, drown it. The rugged Olympus 8010 can meet any physical challenge set before it.

The Chuck Norris of point-and-shoots — virtually indestructible. More functions than we know what to do with. No casing needed to take pictures under the sea

Shutter is prohibitively slow. Photo quality not on par with similar rugged cameras. Menu system needs a serious overhaul

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Olympus Tough-8010


The Olympus Stylus Tough-8010 is the latest in Olympus's Tough series of take-a-licking, keep-on-ticking digital cameras. Featuring a shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, crushproof body--we're starting to wonder just how many more things Olympus can...

A wide-angle, non-protruding lens ; Sensor-shift image stabilization ; Durable construction ; Deep underwater capability--33 feet ; Shockproof to a drop from 5 feet ; Freezeproof to 14F or -10C ; Crushproof to 220 pounds of pressure ; In-camera manual...

Sluggish performance ; Redundant controls ; Power button small, not always responsive ; Poor battery life ; Weak flash ; AF struggles in low light ; Few manual controls ; LCD somewhat dim in bright sunlight ; No relay recording between internal memory...

Ultimately, it's hard to find a more rugged camera, but the Olympus Tough-8010 really needs a speed improvement. Most people needing a rugged camera would also like a fast one for capturing their lives in action. Last year's Stylus Tough-8000 was a...

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Olympus Stylus Tough 8010


The Stylus Tough 8010 is a reliable waterproof digital camera, though it does lack a few of the more advanced features. The 14-megapixel photos look great, but we wish there were more features such as backlighting sensors to make the images look even...

The Stylus Tough 8010 has a stylish and very durable design

The underwater photographs aren’t as high quality as above-the-surface photos

This waterproof camera has plenty to offer but is outperformed by other underwater cameras.

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"Takes great photos...WHEN IT IS WORKING >:("


I've never had a camera break so fast. Literally the second day of our vacation it wouldn't work. I had it in the ocean once. Luckily a friend of mine suggested rinsing it with tap water and it started to work again.

Takes great pictures... once you've turned it on, switched from the P to auto and as long as your friend has kept the pose for 30 seconds, BAM you've got a good shot.

It's a piece of garabage!

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"Broke after 3 months"


Save your money on this one and buy another camera.

Great at first

Too long to turn on.

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Durable Camera


I love the camera and will plan on purchasing again.

Very durable, can handle use by our kids and by my husband. We have had the camera for almost 2 years, we have taken it in the Gulf of Mexico several times, and to the Pacific and Atlanitc oceans. We have gotten amazing videos and pictures

The zoom is fairly weak- not great for far distance pictures

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"Broke after 6 months."


Save your money

Panoramic mode worked nicely. Taking underwater pictures is fun but I think it shortens the life of the camera.

It broke after 6 months. Low light/nightime pics are so-so

Product Specifications

Meet the toughest TOUGHs yet. Want to snap your dash down a wild river one day and capture beach adventures the next? No problem. The waterproof and shockproof Olympus

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus Li-50B

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Portrait mode / Beach/snow / Self-portrait / Fireworks / Night scene / Sports mode / Sunset / Indoor / Cuisine / Candle / Beauty / Night scene with portrait / Underwater macro / Underwater wide 2 / Underwater wide 1 / Documents / Underwater snapshot

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:2GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.9-5.9
Max Focal Length:25mm
Min Focal Length:5mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Midnight black
Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7
Underwater Use: Yes

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:14Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:5
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 1600 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Fisheye / Sketch / Pop Art / Pin Hole
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None